Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Human Rights in Birth (Pennsylvania)

I am going to get political today.
If you have been a long time reader, you know that I have some ranty posts about midwifery, homebirth, legal issues of those, and related topics. You also know that I am one hundred percent against any kind of state, federal, or otherwise lincensure and regulation of midwifery -- that I am one hundred percent against any kind of regulation of midwives that limits the choices of consumers (gestating/birthing folks and their families).
I affirm that the only person who decides where to give birth, how to give birth, when to give birth, and with (or without) whom to give birth is the person giving birth. This in turn means that there can not be third parties deciding who can and can not attend out-of-hospital (OOH) births.
My midwife-friend, Katie Jenkins McCall, who is the owner/director of Sacred Transitions Midwifery Institute (for whom I teach midwifery skills and freebirthing skills classes), has spent a considerable amount of time working on the map in the picture below. She is open to people sending in errors/corrections and questions; contact information is found in the image.
Birth Choices and Midwifery Care Options
Birth Choices and Midwifery Care Options

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Herbs for Postpartum Sitz Bath

Today's post is focusing on healing the perineum during the postpartum period. Though serious perineum tears are rare in a homebirth setting, it is good to know what herbs can help with healing and soothing. I am here to write another post, explaining what I recommend and why I recommend it.
Uva Ursi/Bearberry
Uva Ursi/Bearberry

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Herbs for Postpartum Hemorrhage

I want to talk about the important herbs that help Traditional Midwives, like myself, prevent and stop postpartum hemorrhaging (PPH). Not all midwives, in every state, are legally allowed to carry pharmaceuticals that are used in hospitals, birth centres, and some homebirth practices. It is important for homebirth midwives to be familiar with, carry, and understand how to use herbs to prevent and stop PPH at homebirths, regardless of whether or not they carry pharmaceuticals. It is also a good idea for birthing families to at least have a basic understanding of these types of herbs in case their midwives decided that using them is necessary. I am here to write another post, explaining what I recommend and why I recommend it.
Angelica
Angelica